Five Summer Activities to Boost Your Mental Health and Promote Relaxation

With the arrival of summer, longer days and warmer weather provide the perfect opportunity to engage in activities that entertain, improve mental health, and promote relaxation. The benefits of spending time outdoors and engaging in relaxing activities are well-documented, significantly boosting emotional well-being. Here, we explore five summer activities ideal for enhancing your mental health, helping you unwind, and enjoying the season to its fullest. For more information, you can also check out our article about “How to Optimize Your Health in the Summer.”

Mindful Gardening

Gardening is not just about beautifying your home or growing your food—it’s a therapeutic activity that can significantly enhance your mental health. Engaging with the earth and nurturing plants is inherently calming and grounding. The repetitive nature of gardening tasks like planting, weeding, and watering provides a sense of rhythm and routine that can be meditative. Furthermore, spending time in green spaces reduces stress, lowers anxiety, and improves mood.

Tips for Mindful Gardening:

  • Focus on the sensations of gardening, like the feel of the soil and the smell of the plants and flowers.
  • Take time to observe the growth and changes in your garden daily, appreciating the slow and steady progress.

Outdoor Yoga

Yoga combines physical movement with breathwork and meditation, making it an excellent activity for mental health and relaxation. Practicing yoga outdoors adds an extra layer of tranquility and can enhance the yoga experience. The natural settings provide a serene backdrop that complements yoga’s mindfulness and stress relief aspects.

Benefits of Outdoor Yoga:

  • Increases sunlight exposure, which boosts Vitamin D levels and can improve your mood.
  • It enhances concentration and reduces stress levels through natural, scenic environments.

Nature Walks and Hikes

Walking and hiking are not only great physical exercises but also provide substantial mental health benefits. Being in nature, away from the routine stresses of daily life, can act as a natural antidepressant. Studies have shown that walking in natural environments can lower stress hormones, improve attention and memory, and decrease anxiety.

How to Maximize the Benefits of Nature Walks:

  • Choose quiet, green spaces that are away from the hustle and bustle of city life.
  • Try to be present, focusing on the sights, sounds, and smells around you rather than dwelling on daily worries.

Picnics in the Park

Picnics provide a perfect way to combine relaxation with a light-hearted social gathering. Sharing a meal in the beauty of a park or a scenic outdoor area can improve interpersonal relationships and decrease feelings of isolation, which is crucial for emotional well-being.

Picnic Planning Tips:

  • Choose healthy foods that boost mood, such as fruits, nuts, and whole grains.
  • Invite friends or family who uplift and encourage you, enhancing the social benefits of the outing.


There’s something inherently relaxing about looking up at the stars. Stargazing can be a profound activity that helps put life into perspective, invoking a sense of wonder and tranquility. This activity can help reduce stress by shifting focus from oneself and one’s troubles to the vastness of the universe.

Stargazing Tips:

  • Find a dark spot away from city lights to get the best view of the stars.
  • Bring a blanket and lie down, letting your mind freely wander as you gaze up.

Conclusion: Integrating Wellness with Cup of Life Healing Center

While these summer activities are fantastic for promoting relaxation and improving mental health, sometimes additional support is needed to manage stress, anxiety, and other mental health challenges. Cup of Life Healing Center offers a holistic approach to wellness, providing services such as acupuncture, Reiki, Clinical Hypnotherapy, mind-body medicine, and Functional Nutrition to help you find balance and peace.

At Cup of Life Healing Center, we understand that each individual’s path to relaxation and mental well-being is unique. We create personalized treatment plans supporting your lifestyle, complementing outdoor activities with therapies that nurture mind and body. Whether you want to deepen your relaxation practices or find new ways to manage stress, Cup of Life Healing Center will help you achieve a harmonious, healthy summer and beyond.

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About the Author - Michael Hurley, L.Ac., FABORM

Michael is the co-founder and acupuncturist at Cup of Life Healing Center. He specializes in Women's Health and Fertility--a passion born from he and his wife's own fertility journey. Michael holds a Master of Science in Traditional Oriental Medicine from Pacific College of Health and Science (formerly PCOM), one of the top-rated acupuncture schools in the country. He is nationally certified with the NCCAOM and licensed by the State of New Hampshire to perform acupuncture and Chinese Herbal Medicine. 

Michael has also dedicated himself to rigorous and extensive advanced reproductive endocrinology and reproductive medicine studies. He is a board-certified reproductive acupuncturist with The Acupuncture and TCM Board of Reproductive Medicine (ABORM). He is also certified in 5-Element Functional Endocrinology and Reproductive Medicine.

Cup of Life Healing Center has two locations: 82 Washington Street, Suite 2, Keene, NH and 400 Amherst Street, Suite 402, Nashua, NH.  The clinic can be reached via phone or text at (603) 352-3625.